People probably first walked or rowed boats to Laos from India, following the coast. Then they came inland from Vietnam about 44,000 BC. These early people lived mostly by fishing in the rivers (since Laos doesn’t have any ocean coastline). But by the 3000s BC, the people of Laos started to farm some of their food. Probably they learned to farm rice from their northern neighbors in China. Around 1500 BC, they started to use bronze. Again, they probably learned about bronze from China. These people made burial jars out of pottery, too. They started to use iron about 700 BC.
Not too long after 700 AD, people from southern China moved to Laos and Thailand.